Scarlet Knights moving on Florida RB

Rutgers has been active lately in recruiting an rising senior running back out of South Florida. The staff was in to see his film and meet with the coaching staff, and recently the player was informed he could be getting an offer from the Scarlet Knights. There are plans for the player to take an official visit to Piscataway, and we also have a list of his top four schools. Where is Rutgers on it?

Taravella High of Coral Springs (Fla.) assistant coach Rick Martell saw Devon Wright as a freshman in gym class, noticed the athleticism and immediately approached him about playing football.

In Wright's fourth career varsity game, which came as a sophomore, he ran for 215 yards. He rushed for at least 100 yards in the next 24 games as well, and in the last few days Martell said his 6-foot-1, 185-pound workhorse running back could be close to receiving an offer from Rutgers.

"We had been talking on and off for a while. They actually all came down and saw him (a few) weeks ago,'' Martell said. "It was coach (Greg) Schiano and (assistant) coach (Brian) Jenkins. They just popped in and said they were here to see Devon. We talked and stuff and they started calling him a lot.''

Wright is tentatively planning to officially visit Rutgers on Dec. 5. He took his first official visit to Minnesota this past weekend and will likely set up a few others.

He has offers from Rutgers, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan State, Florida International, Troy, Middle Tennessee State and Boston College.

"His top four are Minnesota, Connecticut, Rutgers and Wisconsin,'' Martell said. "(Wisconsin) hasn't offered him, but he's high on them. Rutgers has a very good shot at him.''

Wright is a workhorse, as evidenced by his play in last week's 28-14 win at Cypress Bay. He carried 42 times for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

"Devon just basically put the team on his shoulders,'' Martell said. "I've been around for a little bit, and it was one of the best high school performances I've seen in a little while.

"Devon is a downhill runner. I've seen Florida play many times and he not their style. He's not a scat-back type of player. He loves to run between the tackles and punishes people. He's about 185 pounds now, but he's 6-1. He can put on 25 pounds in a heartbeat. His up size is huge.''

Martell said Taravella doesn't produce a lot of Division I BCS talent, which is why the recruitment of Wright is just picking up. He added Miami was close to offering the summer, but backed off when another running back committed.

Martell also thinks Rutgers is a good fit for Wright.

"They put guys in the NFL, and they are going to run the football,'' he said. "This kid is an NFL kid, if he can put some weight on. There is not one kid in this county that can do what he can do on a week-by-week basis.''


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